Israel cannot afford to underpay its diplomats
Israel has a lot of explaining to do abroad; without genuine expertise on its side in overseas diplomatic missions, Israel stands little chance of its actions being understood by the rest of the world.
As a British commentator and analyst dealing with the Middle East, I am frequently called to appear on TV news programs, often at very short notice. When a story breaks, its coverage is almost instant. Television analysts maintain a network of diplomats, politicians and other sources from a wide range of countries, who can be spoken with urgently to get official reactions and unofficial thoughts. I speak...
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